Originally Posted by Trebor
Well, I received my sample of AP yesterday and tried some on my wrist. It wasn't as resinous or in your face but definitely smoother. However, I found it to be too well-behaved on my skin for my tastes. Based on my experience with both of them, I'm going to go with AS.
I remember hating AS at first but now it intoxicates me. I also take back the similarities between AS and L'Air. Yes, they both have amber in the composition but L'Air has a spicy, and yet creamy, leather quality about it in the drydown - AS maintains its carnal and resinous amber qualities during the drydown.
I was hoping to pass on AS for some other amber scent but I always keep coming back to it - Ambre Russe is too light and boozy, Blue Amber contains a glue or petroleum note in the drydown that I hate (and it also outstays its welcome) and Hermèssence Ambre Narguilé lacks any substance (smells nice, though)
Anyway, I'm going to pick up a bottle of AS, today, after work.
My experiences with most of these parallel yours so closely that it's eery! Ambre Precieux
is beautiful, but on me it lacks the raunchy, animalic edge that makes Ambre Sultan
so appealing. Mind you, it's nowehre near as polite (read: "wimpy") as the L'Artisan ambers, but still less edgy than I'd like.
It took me a long time to warm up to Ambre Sultan
. Have a look at my early review - which I'm now more than willing to eat. I agree that Ambre Russe
while appealing and individual, lacks a certain weight, and I was utterly disappointed by Ambre Narguile
: it was toothless, gutless, and way too gourmand on me. The note you described as "glue" in Blue Amber
was the most interesting thing about it for me, but once that cleared, the body of the scent seemed non-descript.
As for that "vomit" note in Ambre Sultan
, I agree with you that it's probably ambergris, perhaps accentuated by oregano. I believe it's also the ambergris in the base of many Creed scents that's responsible for what some have indelicately termed the "ass" note. You're right to observe that for some of this that pungent animalic grows from repulsive to compelling.
Hats off to Ambre Sultan
- for me it's still the one to beat!